Matthew’s Birthday

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Monday was Matthew’s birthday, so we took the day off to have a DAY OF FUN.

(In somewhat-related news, I did no exercise on Monday or Tuesday of this week. Bad times).

First the birthday boy opened his main present, which was a paella dish. Fair to say, he was very pleased. Even better, I expect he will cook me paella in it. I win!

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Then we headed into town and went for a late breakfast at The Wolseley – THE place to get your London breakfast.

 

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We’ve been talking about going there for five years, so came armed with high expectations. Fortunately, it absolutely nailed it. The food was great, the service was great. It sure beat a Monday morning at work.

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The guy on the table next to us was celebrating his birthday too, and his companion had arranged for him to receive a special “happy birthday” chocolate on his hot chocolate. Pretty selfish really, making me look bad like that.

After breakfast, we headed down to the London Eye pier.

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We caught the boat along to Greenwich. It was one of the river buses, so there wasn’t any commentary and it was fast and efficient.

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In Greenwich, we went to The Royal Observatory and learnt about the history of British astronomy, and the importance of astronomy in navigation.

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I hadn’t realised the extent to which astronomy, timekeeping and navigation all rely on each other and essentially being able to track your “home” time on a boat was vital for safe and accurate navigation.

We saw some huge telescopes, and a camera obscura. Very cool indeed.

We also saw the date line where Greenwich Mean Time officially “is”. Here’s a man who bothered to queue up to be photographed with it.

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Don’t worry, this was the only part of the day that could be considered wholesome. We quickly restored balance with two massive ice cream sundaes. (Very bad times).

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On the boat back we continued the less-than-wholesome stuff, getting the party started with a (half) bottle of champagne.

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From there we headed to a pub where we had a table booked and all Matthew’s friends came along. There was food and drink, and a cake. We all sang and gave Matthew presents.

I’m a bit sad it’s over. Good job we’re going on holiday tomorrow, eh?

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